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This summer I'm planning to go to Thailand, Laos and then through to Vietnam. I know very little about this. I was wondering if somebody would be able to tell me if this could be done comfortably and affordably in 3 1/2 weeks. I would appreciate it if they could also give me some ideas about the route.

I am flying from the UK to Thailand where I hope to get the rest of the way by ground. I am really interested in visiting Vaing Vieng and Luang Probang and then take the Mekong river and visit Hoi An, Nah Trang and Ho Chi Minh City. I know little about South East Asia and would really appreciate some help.

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Welcome to travel.SE. First off you should review the FAQ and edit your question to provide some details on your potential route such as what would you like to see? Do you intend to fly or only travel on the ground? as well as country of citizenship for any potential visa or travel restrictions. –  Karlson Apr 9 '13 at 20:26
I am flying from the UK to Thailand where I then hope to get the rest of the way by ground.i am really interested in visiting vaing vieng and luang probang and then take the mekong river and visit Hoi An, Nah trang and Ho chi minhi city i know little about south east asia and would really appreciate some help. –  user6223 Apr 9 '13 at 21:01
You should edit your question and add this information into it. –  Karlson Apr 9 '13 at 21:02
Thank you very much –  user6223 Apr 9 '13 at 21:05

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The short answer is 'yes', but whether you will depends a lot on your modes of transport, river travel is slow and not so frequent, and how long you are hoping to stay in each destination. Southern Laos is slow to travel through, Thailand and Vietnam are a breeze. But, 3.5 weeks is most definitely doable for going through all three countries.

However, it appears you will have to get back from Vietnam to Thailand. You should strongly consider doing that by budget flight.

It's really not very hard to get a sense of where you can travel, taking how long, by simply buying the Lonely Planet for the region and planning your trip.

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Thank you, i will be sure to buy the lonely planet books. I thought it would be best to fly from Vietnam straight back to the UK, instead of Thailand and then the UK –  user6223 Apr 10 '13 at 16:39
One thing to note - if you are not flying back from Thailand direct, you will need a forwarding ticket to Laos BEFORE you travel from Heathrow as you must have a return ticket for tourist visa/visa waiver or proof of leaving the country - the airlines may make you buy a return ticket before allowing your checking. This may be difficult if you plan to travel by land using Laos border waiver. Note they do not accept your word of leaving the country - also note, usually Thai immigration could not care less, but airlines could be stuffed with return fees if you are denied, so always enforce it. –  Wolf5370 Apr 28 '13 at 7:06
...[continued] So best advised to buy return from Thailand and then use Air Asia or some other budget airline to fly back from Vietnam to Bangkok for home leg. –  Wolf5370 Apr 28 '13 at 7:08

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